Anuncios de COHO

A blog for the Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, a membership group based in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


COHO DECEMBER MEETING to be held on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7th at El Centro, Inc. 650 Minnesota Avenue, KCK 66101. Meeting will be held from 8a.m. - 9:30a.m. Special Presenter - Jill Ann Shackelford, Ed.D., Superintendent, Kansas City, KS School District

Dr. Jill Shackelford became superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas
Public Schools on July 1, 2005. She is the first female superintendent in the 138-year history of the school district.

Shackelford joined the KCK district in 1997 as an executive director for curriculum services. She was named an assistant superintendent in 1998. Before joining the KCK district, Shackelford was executive director of student learning in the Turner Public Schools, which is a neighboring school district.

Shackelford is active in community organizations. She is a member of the KCK Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the KCK Women's Chamber of Commerce, the KCK Downtown Kiwanis Club, and is President of the Board of Directors for the Children's Museum of Kansas City. In March 2006, Shackelford was honored by the KCK Community College Intercultural Center as one of the "Women Builders of Communities and Dreams."

Shackelford began her career as an elementary school teacher in Oklahoma in 1966. She has been an administrator for 20 years, beginning as an elementary school principal in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Shackelford received her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1966, her master's in curriculum and instruction in 1983, and her doctorate in 1992, all from Oklahoma State University.

Shackelford has three grown daughters who are teachers. Two are teachers of French. One is a vocal music teacher.

Dr. Shackelford writes a weekly column in the Kansas City, Kansan.


Baile de la Justicia - this Friday evening
- November 30, 2007
As most of you know, Comprehensive Immigration Reform didn’t pass this year; however, that cannot keep us from continuing to move forward with this incredible Immigrant Rights Movement. Our immigration system and laws still need to be changed. We CAN make this happen if we join together, strengthen our voices and continue our advocacy efforts.

Join in this most important Movement! Brush off your dancing shoes and join El Centro and hundreds of others as we ALL Dance for Justice this Friday night at the Kansas National Guard Armory at 7pm (See attached
flyer for details).

It’s going to be a great event and you don’t want to miss out on the fun! Las Tortugas restaurant will start selling their famous tacos de carne asada at 7pm and at 8pm, the complimentary salsa lesson begins. At 8:45pm, Makuza, a live, well-known, salsa band will entertain, followed by Los Guerreros de Olea (Nortena music) and Sombra de la Sierra (Duranguense).

Throughout the night, Kara Lineweber, Public Policy Associate, and other El Centro, Inc. staff members will be registering people to vote and giving out information on how YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE in this Movement!

Urban League Difference Maker Awards Day Luncheon
Tuesday, December 4th, the Urban League is holding its 50th Annual Difference Maker Awards Day Luncheon at 11:45am at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The cost of the tickets is $85. Gwen Grant, President and CEO of the Urban League has arranged for COHO members to purchase tickets at a special rate to sit at the COHO table.

Please let me know, by return email, if you wish to attend the Urban League luncheon and I will provide you with further details.

From Brother Jim Krause - "CITIZENSHIP DAY"
Dear friends,
Are you able to volunteer as an interpreter for Saturday, Dec 8, anytime from 8 am to 5 pm ?
St. Aloysius Parish, KCMO is having a "Citizenship Day" where 4 lawyers in the morning and 4 others in the afternoon will be volunteering their time to help immigrants with GREEN CARDS to start their filing for citizenship. (Prospect and 11th St = St. Aloysius)
We need some volunteers to interview clients before they see a lawyer. We need some to work alongside non-Spanish-speaking lawyers. We need some to take photos of the clients. Because only a few will be able to spend the entire day, we will need about 25 to fill all the slots during the day.
If you can give some time, or even the entire day, whatever you can give, please let me know as soon as you can. We are making a grid with names and times so that we can hopefully fill in all the time slots.
If you know of other bilingual persons who might be willing to help out, would you please contact them and have them e-mail me if they choose to help? Thanks.

Brother Jim Krause - 816/231-1886